Columbo: Season 5, Episode 2

A Case of Immunity (12 Oct. 1975)

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The first secretary to the Suarian king may have immunity from the consequences of committing murder, but Lt. Columbo is wilier than any foreign diplomat.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Hassan Salah
Rachman Habib
Police Commissioner
Brioni Farrell ...
Xenia (as Xenia Gratsos)
Barry Robins ...
The King
Dick Dinman ...
George Skaff ...
Nate Esformes ...
André Lawrence ...
Alafa (as Andre Lawrence)
Bill Zuckert ...
Capt. August
2nd Picketer
Harvey Gold ...
Jay Varela ...
Capt. Ortega


Columbo has to solve a crime at the embassy of a middle-east nation. The culture there is different, and the main suspects have diplomatic immunity. Also, to complicate matters, there is a student demonstration outside the gates, and the king is visiting the embassy. However, Columbo decides to investigate the matter in his own persistent way. Written by Maarten Hofman <>

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12 October 1975 (USA)  »

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Jeff Goldblum is an extra in the crowd demonstrating in the scene outside of the embassy. See more »


Rachman Habib escapes from the embassy and crashes the black gate with the car. Columbo arrives at the crime scene shortly after the murder happened and interviews the guard. You can see some workmen fixing the gate which now is painted with dark red or brown primer. Even if it was possible to paint the gate in such a short time the primer still would be wet making it impossible for the workmen to handle it. See more »


Lt. Columbo: [as Hassan removes an exquisite vase form the lieutenant's hands] This is a beautiful piece, sir. You know, we have one just like this back on the dining room table in our house. Almost the same design.
Hassan Salah: Uh, this is third century; it's worth several thousand dollars.
Lt. Columbo: No kidding. You know, I think my wife got ours at the farmer's market. Well, I guess ours is just a copy.
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Slightly below par
1 February 2009 | by (Alkmaar, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

A lot of user comments rank this episode as good or even better than that. I'm a big fan of the show, for all it's episodes from the late 60s to the very last ones. And me giving this episode even a 7/10 will say something about that. But for me, it is a lesser entry. For one thing it tries to deal with some sort of political situation that has dated the episode quite quickly. (and yes, one of my other sub par Columbo's is The Conspirators). Besides that it nowadays looks totally ridiculous to have American actors play the Arab roles, which to me makes it more of a fancy dress party than an edge of seat crime story. And they don't have any real Arab ways of dealing or behaving, they behave very American, but with different clothes on. Check the interior of the study of the main suspect. Apart from the special items especially arranged for Falk to nearly drop them, the walls are covered with western paintings and every time they're near a bookshelf I find myself trying to read all the western titles. They just used an office on the Universal grounds and declared it Arabic. Having said that, there are some good moments and nice dialog. But if you want excellent episodes, look elsewhere.

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